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Windows 7: Activating fresh install on preinstalled OEM laptop

26 Sep 2011   #21
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gimno View Post
So you're saying it gave you the COA key? Too bad I didn't see that because I didn't save the file.
Can you retrieve the file (e.g. from shadowstorage) or was it only on the damaged disk.


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26 Sep 2011   #22
gimno

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

It was on the damaged disk. I could try to get it, but it would be more work than it's worth.
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26 Sep 2011   #23
whs
Microsoft MVP

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If you have an enclosure (or another desktop with an open bay), I would try to attach the dmaged disk to that system. Maybe you can at least retrieve your files - e.g. with a live Linux CD.
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26 Sep 2011   #24
gimno

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I backed up the files before I wiped it. It was failing, but it hadn't completely quit working yet.
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